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Judge meets in chambers with teen Pa. slaying suspect

Published: Fri, January 4, 2013 @ 11:23 a.m.

FRANKLIN, Pa. (AP) — A judge met privately for 90 minutes with a 13-year-old northwestern Pennsylvania boy charged with murdering his grandparents, as part of a follow-up on whether to move the case to juvenile court.

Marie Veon, the Venango County district attorney, tells The Derrick of Oil City that “actions were taken and we’re moving forward” after Thursday’s in-chambers status conference, but wouldn’t say if that means Zachary Proper, of Oil City, will be tried as an adult or not.

Zachary remains incarcerated on charges he fatally shot his grandparents, 69-year-old George Fross and 67-year-old Dorothy Fross at their Sandycreek Township home on Oct. 7.

The teen faces up to life in prison if convicted as an adult, but his attorney wants the case moved to juvenile court where incarceration or supervision would end when he turns 21.


1excel(1254 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 13-year-old fatally shot his grandparents in their home because he was upset that they called his mother a whore and "were speaking poorly about her," state police said in charges filed Tuesday.

According to state police, the boy said he was visiting his grandparents on Sunday afternoon and that his grandfather had gotten a four-wheeler out of the barn for him before leaving to go to the store and get pizza. Once in the barn, the boy told investigators he saw a pair of bolt cutters, which he used to cut a lock off his grandfather's gun safe and took out a handgun.

The boy told police he "walked up behind his grandmother, put his iPod earphones in, pointed the gun at his grandmother about shoulder height, turned his head away and raised the gun slightly and shot her," the complaint said.

After shooting the woman, Proper called his grandfather and told him he'd help him carry in items from the store when he returned. When that happened about 10 minutes later, the boy took the pizza from his grandfather before shooting him in the shoulder. After the man went down and yelled, Proper "indicated that he then 'dumped the gun until it jammed' meaning that he kept shooting his grandpa," the complaint said.

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